Ukraine, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Thirty-five years after the abandonment of the irradiated territory of Chernobyl, the vegetation abounds in the middle of a ghost town. It occupies all the free space, ramifies on facades, in asphalt cracks, inside half-collapsed buildings.
It gives an apocalyptic vision of a dehumanised future and an estranging sensation of discovering nature growing on the ruins of our civilisation.
All pictures are made with infrared light, using a dedicated material that, depending on the chosen wavelength, highlights the vegetation of the photographs.
Hermine Lecucq Jouan was born in 1973 in France into an artistic family. Interested in biological sciences, her roots ended up rising to the surface; photography became her means of expression. Conceiving her photos like paintings, she shares her poetic and sometimes chaotic universe. Details of materials and aesthetics of sceneries are the cornerstones of her imaginary vision of the world. Hermine’s work is focused on the relation between human and nature, the position, the domination, the evolution and sometimes the disappearance. Not pretending to find answers to these questions, their interdependence is shown through her oneiric compositions.